RE: [Histonet] Storage question

From:Kemlo Rogerson

My you Yanks are really years behind with safety. Do you understand COSHH or
Health and Safety at work? In the UK each and every specimen container that
contains anything must have the identity of what is in it and what hazard is
poses. In the case of formalin it cites that it is harmful, that it is
formalin and, together with a whole load of other info, what to use in case
of it getting into eyes etc.

In the land of litigation I amazed you rely on people not messing with
something because they don't know what it is. Surely people need to know
what do if they are accidentally exposed to something they shouldn't be
messing with even if they tried to commit suicide with it then decided they
oughtn't to bother. Do you have spillage kits for formalin and SOPs for
Porters and Drivers who transport these samples just in case they have an

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-----Original Message-----
From: Peterson, Dan [] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 6:43 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Storage question

We've recently been cited by our on-site safety committee for not having
ALL of our specimen containers labeled as containing formalin. Anything
we send out from the lab to outside accounts, all have a warning label.
However, the specimens we collect in-house are placed into plastic
containers and filled appropriately with formalin. We're talking 40-50 a
day. Our staff are the only people to handle the containers from fill to
disposal. I'm just curious as to how other labs are handling this. I
would like to place the HCS label on the outside of the cabinets where
the tissue is stored. We have formaldehyde warning placards on every
door entering the lab. It just seems like a waste of time and money (for
labels) for an unwarranted worry that someone can get into somewhere
they don't belong and mess with something they have no idea of what they
are messing with.

Daniel R Peterson HT(ASCP)
Histopathology Section Head
General Medical Laboratories

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